Opioid Settlement Funds to Levels of Local Government in the County Begin
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first payments of funds to local governments from the OneOhio settlement with national opioid distributors have been made electronically, according to the Governor’s office.
Local governments will determine how to use the payments, totaling more than $8.6 million, to best combat the opioid epidemic in their own communities. Following these initial payments, governments will continue receiving payments from the settlement over the next 18 years.
- Meigs County – $400,170.38
- Bedford Township – $61.67
- Columbia Township – $136.30
- Lebanon Township – $954.08
- Letart Township – $8,057.13
- Olive Township – $1,090.38
- Orange Township – $681.49
- Salisbury Township – $715.56
- Middleport Village – $13,493.48
- Pomeroy Village – $18,911.32
- Racine Village – $2,180.77
- Rutland Village – $920.01
- Syracuse Village – $1,090.38
In 2017, as Ohio Attorney General, Governor DeWine was one of the first in the nation to sue opioid makers and drug distributors for their role in flooding the market with massive amounts of highly addictive opioids.
“Ohio’s families and communities have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic,” said Governor DeWine. “While nothing can make whole the losses sustained by Ohioans who have been affected by opioids, it is welcome news that the first payments are going out this week to local governments.”
A complete list of payments made to eligible and participating political subdivisions may be found at https://nationalopioidsettlement.com/states/ohio/. The list also indicates if the payment was made directly to the entity or, if less than $500, was redirected to the county.
Questions about payments can be directed to the Attorney General’s Constituent Services Section at 800-282-0515.
As a reminder, local governments must use OneOhio funds consistent with the approved Ohio Abatement Strategies found in Exhibit A of the OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding. Smaller political subdivisions whose payments were redirected to the county are encouraged to work with their county’s leaders and related organizations to ensure that abatement efforts in these smaller subdivisions are addressed. The money is for opioid crisis related reimbursement and future opioid remediation. There is a criteria for local governments and states to follow on the spending.
Additional funding for the benefit of all communities in Ohio will also be available through the OneOhio Recovery Foundation. The OneOhio Recovery Foundation is divided into 19 regions and is designed to allow communities to take a regional approach to abating the opioid epidemic. More information on the OneOhio Recovery Foundation can be found at RecoveryOhio.ohio.gov.